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    October 4, 2012
    12:00 - 12:30am PDT  

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>> good morning and welcome to the september 25th, 2012 meeting of the san francisco county transportation authority. my name is david campos and i am the chair of the authority. the clerk of the authority is erika cheng. i want to thank the following members of sfgtv staff who are covering this meeting. mike freeman and jesse larson. madam clerk, if you can please call item number 1, roll call. >> roll call, [speaker not understood]? present. chair campos? >> present. >> commissioner david chiu? david chiu absent. carmen chu? present. elsbernd absent. [speaker not understood]. commissioner mar? olague absent. commissioner westerner? wiener? >> present. >> please call item number 2. >> item 2 is approval of
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minutes of the july 24, 2012 meeting. >> there is an action item. is there a member of the public that would like to speak? seeing none, public comment for item 2 is closed. you have before you the approval of minutes for the july 24 meeting. [speaker not understood]. can we take that without objection? without objection. item number 3? >> chair's report, this is a commission item. >> i have a brief report today. this is our first meeting coming back from the legislative recess of the san francisco board of supervisors. i just want to make a couple of notes. first, on september 14th, a number of us, specifically commissioners carmen chiu, christin a olague and scott wiener were on the regional transportation plan which was actually held at the county transportation authority's offices. we had a very interesting discussion.
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the discussion involved members of abag and other regional players in this effort. and the discussion focused on drug trends here in san francisco and the region. we talked about the scope of investment in transportation infrastructure, the investment that will be needed to accommodate the growth that is expected to happen here at the region and specifically here in the city. and we also discussed some of the challenges that are facing not only the city and county of san francisco, but the other jurisdictions as the region moves forward with its transportation plan. as you probably are aware in your agenda today, we will have later in the agenda a presentation about the san francisco transportation plan, which is actually the long-range vision for transportation investment by the authority here in the city and county of san francisco. that plan is mandated by state law and its purpose is to really figure out what the
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transportation needs for the city long-term are. and, so, i think it's important for us to begin the discussion of what those needs are, what the future looks like, and what the challenges in meeting the needs that the city has and will have, what those challenges will be. we need to think about this issue and specifically focus on ways in which we can bring revenue into the system, the kinds of investments that need to be made not only by the county transportation authority, but other agencies like the san francisco mta. i look forward to a substantive discussion. and again, this is the beginning of this discussion and we know that we will have additional discussions that will take place. i also want to note that because of the good work of our staff at the authority, we recently received some money on the planning front. we actually received half a
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million dollars from caltrans, a planning grant and it's a grant that will allow for work to be done in various neighborhoods to really think about the needs and a lot of different neighborhoods here in san francisco. the idea there is to make sure that we support the very comprehensive set of investments that we have already made, including investments in areas like treasure island. i know when we get to the executive director's report, he will elaborate on that. so, those are some of the developments that i'm happy to report on. i don't know if any of my colleagues have questions about my report, but if not, i will open it up to public comment. if there is any member of the public who would like to speak orthctionv report that i provided, this is your opportunity. seeing none, public comment is closed. * on the madam clerk, can you please call item number 4? >> item 4, director's report.
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this is an information item. >> i will turn it over to director moskovich. >> good morning, commissioners. my report is on your desk. i would like to highlight a few things. first of all, we thank you, mr. chairman, for highlighting the importance of the round table we just had. as i recall, you also stressed the importance of making effectively the connection between land use and transportation positionses and the importance of establishing, really opening a dialogue between both the planning commission and the mda commission to ensure we are moving those items in the future with a clear path to implementation. on the federal front on just a couple days ago, congress before adjourning for the november election recess, passed a continuing resolution that funds the federal government to march 27th and unfortunately it did so without accounting for the inflation
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factor that is built into map 21, the new act. so, we wound up with 500 million dollars less money nationwide andthan was expected in that period. but bright note on that it is a short period of time and, so, we don't think the dod will have any trouble meeting the challenges of map 21 in that period of time with the money that's available. nevertheless, it's something that the house will surely have to take up when it comes back from recess to restore the funding that's missing now from the continuing resolution. on treasure island, i just want to provide a little bit more detail. the award that we got is from the federal d.o.t. and it's $4 80,000, and that adds to the already obtained $500,000 from the [speaker not understood] commission for priority development area planning to a
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local match of 245,000. we now have essentially a very substantial amount of funding to allow us to take the first steps implementing the comprehensive package for treasure island transportation, which is bus, cycling and parking enhancements that in part is going to be funded by pricing revenues in that area. we're very excited about that and we continue to work with the mayor's office and the authority, with the authority as the transportation manager agency for the island. i expect a report on that at a future meeting. same with the caltrans planning grant. i think the key projects we got funded are the hills neighborhood transportation plan which is going to address the south side of the hills, it
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will be nicely with existing [speaker not understood] and reconnections efforts. and will kickoff in early 2013. and we also have a $300,000 grant for the geneva harney bus rapid transit analysis, which is again a long-term effort that we've had in that area of town, part of the county study. and in fact we're going to get some swoon funding for the local match from san mateo in addition to our own. so, congratulations to the planning staff on yet another achievement in this area and staff, bravo on that. also i'd like to congratulate the planning department because they got two grants out of this -- planning grants part of caltrans, one for mission street transit and public grounds improvement study, which is very key to that area, and another one very interesting for living alley, pedestrian network study. both of these are topics, very
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current. what we did not get unfortunately is the grant we had requested from the [speaker not understood] design project. but we are going to continue to support the efforts of the chair and commissioner wiener to get some near term traffic improvements in that area involving the san jose avenue ramp, off ramp from 2 80 and other achievements that probably proceed without this grant. there's been plenty of progress on the 19th avenue transit study where we are looking at relocating the light rail transit line from the center of 19th avenue to the west side. but there's a number of other features and a following round of input, we would hope to be able to evaluate conception detail and have some results for you in the summer of 2013. similarly, we have a balboa
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park station area circulation study that's looking at the conflict between the on and off of ramps in that area and pedestrian activity related to the balboa park muni and bart station. and we are looking to conduct outreach with the support of the commissioner's office in the winter of 2012-13 and we'll enter into detailed evaluation phase to have results in the summer of 2013. there's more information available on this online at our website, www.sfcta.org. the market street project is coming up with some interesting events. we call them pop-up events. the first one of them is happening this friday at the food lab [speaker not understood] at the hotel on market street at seventh,
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friday from 2:00 p.m. -- from noon until 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. until 9:00. this is an opportunity for people who use market street, the corridor on a regular basis to be engaged and get a sense of what some of the concepts are being considered for the street in advance of the next phase of our analysis. that also is available -- information is available online at the project's own website which is www.better market street.org. very interesting stuff happening there. we continue to work with mda and with caltrans on evaluation of benefits progressing the design on the van ness drt project which you approved [speaker not understood] for in june. we are now analyzing lpa to determine the performance of the area for the final [speaker not understood] and focusing on
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minimizing impacts, of course, and maximizing benefits. we also submitted, of course, the small start program report to the federal transit administration earlier this month. this is an item that was seen by the plans and programs committee. we have a draft extension plan. you recall this is a $10 station fee that passed in 2010 and required a central plan prioritization. we had significant input from the plans and programs committee, from the community, from the departments that are potential project sponsors, and from individual members of the board provide that had we're able to reconcile those. i'm planning to bring the program for approval in october and i will keep you posted, of course. we will also actually do projects that are ready to go at that time [speaker not understood].
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so, we can essentially keep faith with the voters and start projects on that program immediately. we also, just to conclude my report, had a -- hosted a panel of international experts to talk about the state of the arts in transportation modeling and the dynamic traffic assignment and i'm happy to report that they are impressed with the level of progress that we have in san francisco in term of that topic. and i'd like to recognize our director of technology services for the incredible amount of work and for the level of work and her contributions and her team's contributionses to the state-of-the-art in that area. and that concludes my report for today. i'm glad to answer any questions. >> thank you very much, mr. moskovich. colleagues, do we have any questions for our executive director?
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seeing no questions, why don't we open it up for public comment. any member of the public who would like to speak on the executive director's report, this is your opportunity. seeing none, public comment is closed. madam clerk, if you could please -- and i want to thank again the executive director and his staff for all the work they've been doing this summer. if you can please call item number 5. >> 5 is amend the authority's administrative code. this is an action item. >> this is an item that came before the finance committee that's chaired by commissioner scott wiener. i don't know if we have any comments from our colleagues, but why don't we open it up to public comment. any member of the public who would like to speak on item number 5. seeing none, public comment is closed. madam clerk, if we can have roll call. commissioner. >> thank you. i'm going to be supportive of the amendment to the code, but i'm kind of -- i've been kind
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of alarmed or concerned that the attendance at our meetings has not been as thorough as it needs to be. i'm not calling out anyone in particular, but i expect, you know, hearing the program, finance approved the full board, we'll make every effort to be here for the greatest length possible, if not possibly the entire meeting. that hasn't been the norm, and i think we owe the public a real service for being here the length of the entire meeting. and i just want to make sure that we can, you know, self-regulate ourselves in a better way to make sure that we can be here. and everyone who is here right now, great, we're all here. but i just think that moving forward we really need to be watchful of each other's time and the public's time as we participate on this body. >> thank you. commissioner, i think your point is duly noted.
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colleagues, this is an action item. madam clerk, if you can please do a roll call on that. >> commissioner avalos? >> aye. >> commissioner campos? >> aye. >> commissioner [speaker not understood]? >> chiu aye. >> commissioner elsbernd? elsbernd aye. commissioner kim? kim absent. [speaker not understood]. mar aye. commissioner olague, olague absent. commissioner wiener? wiener aye. item passes. >> item passes. if you can please call item number 6. >> number 6 is approve the revised debt, fiscal, investment, and procurement policies. this is an action item. >> again, another item that came before the finance committee. why don't we open it up to public comment. is there any member of the public who would like to speak on item 6, please come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. can we take that, same house same call? same house same call. madam clerk, if you can please call item number 7. >> item number 7, exercise the
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first one-year option of the professional services contract with sptj consulting and increase the contract amount by $165,500, to a total amount not to exceed $662,000, for local area network and computer maintenance services, and authorize the executive director to modify contract terms and conditions. this is an action item. >> again, another item that came out of the finance committee. seeing no comment from my colleagues, why don't we open it up to public comment. is there any member of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, unless there's any objection, why don't we take this same house same call. same house same call, item passes. madam clerk, if you can please call item number 8. >> item number 8, reappoint brian larkin to the citizens advisory committee for a two-year term. this is an action item. >> this is an item that came out of the plans and programs committee chaired by commissioner avalos. i don't know if there is any comment on this item. why don't we open it up to public comment. any member of the public who would like to speak on this item please come forward. seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, can we take --
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commissioner mar. >> yes, chair campos, i wanted to say larkin has been a great advocate for transit in the richmond district. proud to be supportive of his reappointment. thank you. >> thank you very much and we thank mr. larkin for his willingness to serve the city and county of san francisco. it can we take this same house same call? same house same call, item passes. madam clerk, can you read item 9? >> approve the final report of the central freeway and octavia circulation study. >> there any member of the public who would like to speak on this item? please come forward. you have three minutes. good morning, commissioners. >> is the mic -- now it's on, thank you. good morning, commissioners. my name is jackie. i'm a member of the citizens advisory committee for the transportation authority. we heard this item at our last cac meeting and i attended last week's plans and programs
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committee meeting. the one thing that was not brought up as far as the octavia boulevard study, you have to remember there are a lot of senior and disabled individuals that live along this corridor that depend on safe walking, safe crossing the streets sort of thing. besides the fact there is also a major housing -- the housing authority, physical housing authority -- san francisco housing authority built a brand-new senior disabled development along this corridor * years ago at the haight valley. and people depend on -- people from haight valley dee pend on the octavia boulevard to get them safely to and from where they have to go. also remember there have been a lot of standing -- a lot of accidents at market and octavia
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regarding bicycle sort of thing. you have to have someone look into that. and -- so they can cut down on the number of fatalities along market and octavia. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. and we again thank the citizens advisory committee for the work that they do and their insight to the authority. any other member of the public? seeing none, public comment is closed. and the house has changed, so, if we can take a roll call. >> roll call. on item number 9, commissioner avalos? >> aye. >> commissioner campos? >> aye. >> commissioner david chiu? >> aye. >> commissioner carmen chu? [speaker not understood]? elsbernd absent. commissioner [speaker not understood]. aye. kim absent. olague? >> aye. >> item passes. >> that item passes. if you can please call item
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number 10. >> item 10, approve the one bay area grant program funding framework, schedule, and screening and prioritization criteria. this is an action item. >> again, another item that came out of the plans and programs committee. commissioner wiener. and, again, this is a very important item because it really relates directly to the work that's happening regionally and i know commissioner wiener, as a member of the mtc, has been working along with some of my colleagues on abag. commissioner wiener. >> thank you, mr. chair. i'm supporting this. i'll be voting for it today. i just want to make some comments and provide some guidance for me and my perspective to staff. and this applies to the abag grant process çóand also
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staff is to really collaborate, particularly with dpw, but also with mta on these -- on the recommendations and ultimate decisions that are presented to
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the authority board. and particularly around street resurfacing, but other items as well. and, you know, not just meeting and talking, but really working together. i actually had a meeting the other day where in my view, the ta should be part of the capital planning committee. it should be very, very well integrated so that every time we're spending a ta related money we're doing it in a way that really dovetails with our overall capital investment priorities and policies as a city. and, so, that's my request, but i will be voting for this item today. >> great, thank you very much, commissioner wiener. request duly noted. and i agree with you completely. is there any other comment from my colleagues? why don't we open it up to public comment. any member of the public who would like to speak on this item, please come forward.
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good morning again, commissioners. my name is jackie sacks. as you all know i'm a member of the citizens advisory committee. i ted: v the plans and programs committee last week and i fully support it. the many years i've been on the cac, i've been attending -- i've been supportive of the five-year plan and i support this item fully and i hope that you do the same. thank you very much. >> thank you very much. any other member of the public who would like to speak? seeing none, public comment is closed. and the house has changed, so, madam clerk if we could take a roll call on this item. >> on item number 10, commissioner avalos? aye. campos aye. david commissioner chiu, carmen chu? cohen aye? aye. [speaker not understood]. kim? >> aye. >> commissioner mar? >> aye.
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>> commissioner olague? >> aye. >> item passes. >> item passes. please call item 11. >> allocate $4,572,490 in prop k funds, for thirteen requests, subject to the attached fiscal year cash flow distribution schedules, and amend the 2009 prop k strategic plan and the caltrain guideways 5-year prioritization program. this is an action item. >> again, this is an action item that came out of the plans and programs committee. and i just simply note that there are a number of really important investments that are included in the 4.5 million that is being allocated. and some of those investments include signal system, rehabilitation, upgrading the public address systems. there's work on o'shaughnessy. i know there's work in my area, bart station. there is a lot that will benefit the districts. i want to thank plans and programs for their work on this item. is there any member of the public who would like to speak on this item? seeing none, public comment is
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closed. and i believe the house has changed. so, if we can take a roll call of this item. >> roll call on item 11, commissioner avalos? aye. campos? aye. commissioner commissioner chiu aye. carmen chiu aye. he will bern? elsbernd? aye. [speaker not understood]. the item passes. >> item passes. if you can call item 12. >> item 12, update on the san francisco transportation plan. this is an information item. >> as previously noted -- thank you. as previously noted in my report, this is the beginning of our discussion about the san francisco transportation plan. i want to thank staff for their work in putting this together. it is not the last time we will be speaking about this, but it is important for us to start thinking about these issues. so, with that i'll turn it over to staff.
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>> good morning. rachel [speaker not understood], transportation planner. and thank you for the introduction. this item is related very much to your opening remarks on the round table. that was had last week about san francisco's growth challenges and how we can address them with our transportation system. as cma conducted management agency for san francisco, the transportation authority is responsible for the city and county's long range plan for our system. all operators, all modes for a 30-year horizon period. it is our means of shaping our regional priorities, what we want as the region to prioritize in terms of investment, transportation, and it's our way of shaping the next generation of priorities for our city.
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the sfgt -- >> you can use that mic if you'd like. >> the sfpt is developed to be consistent with the other agency specific or mode specific transportation plans that are developed by metro strategy, mta, capital plan, the tep. these priorities are drawn into and considered in the san francisco transportation plan and then sftp informs the updates to those plans. for instance, the planning department will update the general plan transportation element after the adoption of the sftp next spring. the climate action plan, for instance, was developed in collaboration between the city and the transportation authority as part of our needs assessment or future needs assessment, what it will take to achieve.